A Right Wing Fever Swamp Feeding on the Delusions of a Lefty
At American Thinker, a site I was previously unaware of, there’s a post alleging that the UN is forming an International Tribunal for Climate Justice for the purpose of prosecuting the United States, and others, for “ecocide”:
The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conference, which opened in Cancun, Mexico on Monday, has yielded another example of how supposedly idealistic notions concocted by Western liberals, no matter how daft, can be transformed into weapons for international power politics. Bolivia has renewed its call for the establishment of an International Tribunal for Climate Justice that would be able to sanction governments that engage in “ecocide,” defined as crimes against biodiversity, nature and Mother Earth.
Bolivia’s UN Ambassador Pablo Salon asserted it was unacceptable for some developed countries to refuse a new commitment under the Kyoto Protocol. “Developed countries were looking for solutions that would put the onus on developing countries to reduce emissions,” Salon said. Making “ecocide” the equivalent of a war crime (or a crime against peace) would apply exclusively to the actions of developed countries.
The tribunal idea did not originate in Bolivia, but in the United Kingdom last April. It is the brainchild of labor lawyer-turned-Green activist Polly Higgins. Her idea was to prosecute industries such as fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry before the existing International Criminal Court at The Hague. Even more alarmingly, some supporters want to prosecute ”climate deniers” who oppose actions to combat global warming as eco-criminals. It’s the stuff from which fears of world government grow.
If you follow the first link in the quoted text, you will find no references to ecocide (be sure to hit the “read more” link at the bottom and search there too), no references to Bolivia, apart from a mention of melting glaciers, and no mention of the formation of an International Tribunal for Climate Justice.
If you check the second link in the quoted text, there’s at least some substance (this is the link for convenience):
A campaign to declare the mass destruction of ecosystems an international crime against peace – alongside genocide and crimes against humanity – is being launched in Britain.
The proposal for the United Nations to accept ”ecocide” as a fifth ”crime against peace”, which could be tried at the International Criminal Court, is the brainchild of a lawyer-turned-campaigner, Polly Higgins.
The idea would have a profound effect on industries blamed for widespread damage to the environment such as fossil fuels, mining, agriculture, chemicals and forestry.
Supporters of an ecocide law also believe it could be used to prosecute ”climate deniers” who distort science and facts to discourage voters and politicians from taking action to tackle global warming and climate change.
Now, admittedly, there’s some scary stuff in there, but let’s talk about what’s not in there: no specific mention of prosecuting the U.S. and we are not even a member of the ICC, which makes it even more ludicrous. They can’t prosecute us. As for the fact that Bolivia has adopted this into their domestic law? Who cares, it’s Bolivia. All of the nations on earth rely on agriculture, mining and need access to fossil fuels until a good alternative is developed. As for it being aimed at developed counties only, these same countries rely on many undeveloped countries to provide natural resources so the undeveloped countries have a stake in this too; I’m quite sure they don’t want to be made even poorer due to this tribunal.
For the reasons stated above, I think Ms. Higgins is delusional about the possibility of this ever being adopted. Likewise, the post on American Thinker can best be described as a self-contained fever swamp.
For the record, I’m far more concerned with the UN’s resolution on religious defamation. Let’s stay focused on the real threats.